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Biden would not immediately remove Phase One trade agreement with China: NYT

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Under the agreement, China agreed to increase purchases of American products and services by at least US$200 billion over 2020 and 2021.

[BENGALURU] US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he will not immediately act to remove the Phase One trade agreement, which President Donald Trump inked with China, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

"I'm not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs," Mr Biden said in an interview with a Times columnist. "I'm not going to prejudice my options."

Under the agreement, China agreed to increase purchases of American products and services by at least US$200 billion over 2020 and 2021.

The Phase One deal, signed earlier this year, also leaves in place 25 per cent tariffs on a US$250-billion array of Chinese industrial goods and components used by US manufacturers, and China's retaliatory tariffs on over US$100 billion in US goods.

According to Mr Biden, the best strategy to deal with China would be to first get its allies on the "same page".

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Mr Biden added that he would pursue policies targeted at China's "abusive practices", including "stealing intellectual property, dumping products, illegal subsidies to corporations" and forcing "tech transfers" from US companies to their Chinese counterparts, according to the NYT column.

REUTERS

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